1980 Candidates Matches

CYCLE 11: 8-Man Knockout

Six qualifiers from two Interzonal tournaments, plus two seeds play knockout matches, with the winner playing a World Championship match against Karpov in 1981.

(Black background indicates black in the first game)

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Korchnoi     11  5
Petrosian    00  3
    
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Polugaevsky  111  5
Tal          000  2
    
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Huebner      110  5
Adorjan      001  4
    
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Portisch     10    7
Spassky      01    7

    
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Korchnoi     1010 1  7
Polugaevsky  0101 0  6
    
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Huebner      11  6
Portisch     00  4
    
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Korchnoi  01011**  6
Huebner   10100**  3
    


THE PLAYERS

# Player Country Status
1 Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi Switzerland Seeded; lost previous Championship Match
2 Robert Huebner West Germany Qualified from Interzonal
3 Lev Polugaevsky USSR Qualified from Interzonal
4 Lajos Portisch Hungary Qualified from Interzonal
5 Boris Spassky France Seeded; lost previous Candidates Final
6 Andras Adorjan Hungary Qualified from Interzonal
7 Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian USSR Qualified from Interzonal
8 Mikhail Tal USSR Qualified from Interzonal


THE QUARTERFINALS (Best of 10)

Velden, Mar '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Korchnoi 1 1 5
Petrosian 0 0 3

Alma Ata, Mar-Apr '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Polugaevsky 1 1 1 5
Tal 0 0 0 2

Bad Lauterberg, Mar '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Huebner 1 1 0 5
Adorjan 0 1 4

Mexico City, Mar-Apr '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Portisch 1 0 7
Spassky 0 1 7
When the match was tied at 5-5, two 2-game matches were played. When these were tied also, the match was awarded to Portisch because he had won more games with Black.


THE SEMI-FINALS (Best of 12)

Buenos Aires, ? '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Korchnoi 1 0 1 0 1 7
Polugaevsky 0 1 0 1 0 6

Abano Terme, Aug '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Huebner 1 1 6
Portisch 0 0 4


THE FINALS (Best of 16)

Merano, ? '80 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Korchnoi 0 1 0 1 1 * * 6
Huebner 1 0 1 0 0 0 * * 3
Huebner resigned the match prematurely, with Games 9 and 10 adjourned. At the time, Chess Life reported that these two games would probably be adjudicated, with a final score of 6-4 "distinctly possible". If there had been an adjudication, Game 9 would certainly have been a draw, with Game 10 a possible win for Korchnoi. Chess Life never followed up on the story or reported a final score for the match, and the games were printed in Informator, with no result for either one. Apparently the adjudication never took place, and I have been unable to find an official Final Score for this match anywhere, even by asking around on FIDE's own website. Apparently nobody gave a darn, so I've forfeited both games to Korchnoi in the box score above, since Huebner didn't show up for the resumptions.


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